The story of this house says that it was built in 1917 and it was an apple and plum orchard. Records show payment of property tax til 1923. I have tried to find information in between but have not been successful. In 1971 this couple bought the house, which was, by then, divided into 2 apartments, one above and one below with a shared bathroom. By 1979, the couple sold it to a widower with 6 kids, who then turned it into a single unit house again.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Technology in class

A medida que salgo de la carrera administrativa y entro nuevamente en la docencia, tengo la oportunidad de empezar a utilizar tecnología que en algún momento le recomendé a mis profesores.

En este espacio tendré la oportunidad de compartir el uso de la tecnología en clase, evaluar su facilidad de uso, efectividad y reflexión sobre el uso de cada herramienta.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Flowers in the Garden

Tulips are so rich in color!
One of the greatest things of Tjodheim is the fantastic garden that receives sunlight all year round. There are some flowers around the edges and I thought about putting a little garden patch in the center of the garden for Isabelle to have something to look forward to.  She loves watering the plants.

Master Bedroom

Jeg har så mange ideer for masterbedroom min! En av dem er å fjerne den ekle teppe som står der akkurat nå og få ut det liv i de 1917 trebord på gulvet. Hvis planker er ikke brukelig, da kan man man alltid gjør den magiske hvit lakkering. Det er til min forstand at malt trevirke er kaldere enn oljet treverk, så jeg holder fingrene krysset slik at jeg kan gjøre mitt gjenopplive av planker med olje. Veggene ville definitivt males i enten en svært lys elfenben eller egg hvit.
Jeg har også tenkt på å sette i et sett med skyvedører å lage et skap, men da igjen jeg kan egentlig ikke  bestemme meg på grunn av skrå taket. I min nåværende hjem gikk jeg gjennom bryet med å lage egendefinerte et skap, og gosh var det en stort stykke arbeid!
Den andre idé ville være å ha en slags kommode skuffer på rundt en meter høy fra starten av skrå taket opp til der vinduet er, men da plass fra toppen av kommoden ville være bortkastet ...
Noe som dette kanskje, fra våre gode venner av IKEA ...

I have so many ideas for my masterbedroom! One of them is to remove the nasty carpeting there is right now and bring out the life in those 1917 wooden boards on the floor.  If the woodboards are un rescuable, then one can always recurr to the magic of white lacquering.  It is to my understanding that painted wood is colder than oiled wood so I am keeping my fingers crossed so I can do my reviving of the woodboards with oil. The walls would definitely be repainted in either a very light ivory or off
white color.
 I have also thought about putting in a set of sliding doors to make a closet, but then again I can't really make up my mind because of the slanted roof. In my current home I went through the trouble of custom making a closet and gosh was it one big piece of work!
The other idea would be to have some sort of chest drawers of about a meter high from the start of the slanted roof up to where the window is but then the space from the top of the chest of drawers would be wasted...
Something like this perhaps, from our good friends of IKEA...

Saturday, December 22, 2012

The fireplace!

From Parafin to Wood

The house had a parafin oven fitted in the year 1973 and it was used up until the house was sold in 2010.  Now, coming from the tropics where fireplaces are only meant to look like a fancy decoration in a living room, I had no clue of how necessary it would be to have a working one in the house.  Needless to say, I found out that parafin is not very user-friendly.  I hate the smell and I am terrified of the fumes and everything related to parafin.

Major decision:
Remove the parafin oven and replace with a real fireplace.  (check!)
Replace with a real fireplace. At a cost. A rather high cost!
So I contact the municipality and I find out that the chimney needs to be rehabilitated before installing a fireplace.  I call the heat people and they come over and give me a quote.  The damage?
10,000USD, yep, ten grand.  That is around 60,000 Norwegian Kroner.  The job they have to do is basically get on the roof and insert a new steel pipe down the chimney in order to avoid any possible fires. the house is almost 100 years old so it is imperative to do it. (after much consideration: check)

Here is the old parafin oven (really 1970's!)
A piece of art isn't it?
This is how it looked when I bought the house.

Now choosing a fireplace is not an easy task.  Goodness it is one of the most difficult journeys I have embarked myself on!  So I learned as much as I could about fireplaces, the pros and the cons, the beautiful ones, the practical ones, etc.  And in the end I went for the Nordpeis, especially tailored to Nordic interiors. 
It is pretty heavy but it delivers. Though it takes a good five hours before the whole house is warm, I can say that it is a good purchase.  The bottom floor of the house is approximately and it warms up nicely without any additional source of heat.  Some of the heat does reach the second floor but not as much as I would like it to.  In any case, the windows are from 1979 and if you stand next to them you can actually feel the cold draft coming in.  If you light a candle and put it next to the margins of the window, where the limit between the window and the frame is, you can see the fire move due to the draft.  Hopefully, one day, when I am able to change the windows, the warmth might stay inside a bit more.  Today, for example, it is -10C and the fire has been on almost all day and the inside temperature started this morning at 15C and we are now at 21C, which is pretty good.

Here is Isabelle and me next to our fireplace.  :)

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Drenering - The Drainage

So today I figured out it was about time to update my blog as so much has happened in Tjodheim.  I blogged in May the last time I did.  It took five months to get things more organized as it was just a NIGHTMARE! Though I had thought about doing the drainage last, the lack of customer service and lack of interest from local plumbers and big bathroom making companies pushed me to the hasty decision of leaving the bathroom/toilet for next year. - Despite the fact that it urgently needs refurbishing!
I like the way I can see the house during the different seasons.  Here is the terrible winter and then the summer:

The summer does seem to be a little more welcoming.

Here we go, this is what the balcony and garden looked like before the drainage job:

The idea is to remove this balcony and the surrounding plants to avoid accumulation of mold during the spring, summer and fall months.  But I still plan to keep my hammoc!
 And this is the open area of the balcony:

During the job...
Digging out the house, this is the front facing the Southeast.
 Notice the stones on which the foundations of the house rest.
 Water would easily go through the stones and into the basement making it awfully wet.
 oh yeah, while doing the job the digging machine broke my fiber optic cable costing me an additional 300 dollars!!!!
 Next step is to wash the dirty rocks and remove any possible insects or snails. This is the corner that meets the Southeast with the Southern face of the house.
 And my little one being nosy watching the whole process.
 stones washed, covered with drainage plastic, pipes under the gravel of 3 different sizes, from big to small on top. Eastern face.

 Northeastern face of the house where the entrance to the basement is.
 Western side of the house, perhaps the one where the most moisture went through.
 Just like the rest of the house, the foundations are built on piled up stones.

 Southern face of the house completed.
 Western face of the house after a huge rain shower. at least that water ain't going inside!
 A very messy job
 Southern face of the house

 Western face covered, protected and done!

 South meets southeast
 Actually this is where the balcony was.

It was quite a shock to see the foundations of the house on a bunch of stones put together with some sort of mortar, but then the guy in charge of the job explained to me that because it is a house from 1917, it is a very old house and that is the technique they used!  Anyhow, I am glad this is done and that the basement will not be as wet as it was before, thus helping the house to be warmer!

I'm waiting for the grass to grow a bit more before I can post pictures of the finished job, which turned out to be fantastic!

Monday, May 9, 2011

what a mess

This is what my bedrom looks like right now.

The morning sun does not wake me up, but the afternoon sun stays until forever which makes me reconsider these nasty curtains.

 I definitely need a closet.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

It's done!

Endelig stuen er ferdig. TVen er på plass og de fiberoptiske kabelen mannen endelig kom rundt for å sortere ut TV, telefon og internett! Uttrykket min baby's lille ansikt var uvurderlig da at TV viste hennes favoritt tegneserie tegn at skjermen.
Jeg ringte mor igjen hjemme for å la henne vite at telefonen jobber nå, og alt jeg har igjen er å teste internett.
Dette er hvordan det ser ut:

Finally the living room is finished. The TV is in place and the fiber optic cable man finally came around to sort out TV, phone and internet! The expression on my baby's little face was priceless when that TV showed her favorite cartoon characters on that screen.
I phoned mother back at home to let her know that the phone is now working and all I have left is to test the internet.
This is how it looks:


må jeg rydde og fjerne alt støvet som er blitt etterlatt.
Neste skritt er å en sofa!  Loving the TV!!!

Now I have to clean and remove all the dust that has been left behind.
The next step is to get a sofa! Loving the TV!!!